There was an immediate hush over the packed house at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts as the concert hall lights dimmed. Just as quickly as the murmurs ceased, an eruption of applause rose as accomplished conductor Amy Anderson ran out onto the stage. Along with the backing vocal talents from Cal State Fullerton choir, there could not have been a better way to celebrate the phenomenal orchestrated powerhouse from one of the greatest games to have come from the original Nintendo Entertainment System: The Legend of Zelda.
After a few words from Shigero Miyamoto reflecting on the past thirty years, the audience was swept away on a two hour and fifteen minute journey from one of the most epic scores in video game history.
As opposed to epic film scores from such greats as Star Wars (1977) or Lord of the Rings (2001), for those of us who grew up with the 8-bit title, the iconic music that accompanied Zelda filled in the gaps to the limitations of the visuals on the NES. Thanks to the works of Master Koji Kondo, the music of Zelda aided in expanding our imaginations beyond what was presented to us.
Through the passing years, and advancement in hardware, it was always the music that made playing through any iteration of fabled Hyrule something greater. Something vast beyond the pixelated realm. There was an adventure beyond what could be displayed on an SNES, GameCube, or Wii. That music nested into our brains like a Loftwing, and grew from a simple adventure game into something else entirely: A Legend.
So if you’re thinking to yourself, “Should I spend my hard earned money on a live, fully orchestrated presentation of Zelda with beautiful backing visuals in HD on a massive screen?” That answer is absolutely.
Please see the Link (wink) below to see when and where to catch the next show. Again, it is highly advised to purchase tickets well in advance. You will undoubtedly be surprised how many fans will come flocking to this magnificent event.
Don’t let the prices scare you off either. This is nearly two and a half hours of orchestrated nirvana. You may even be equally lucky to be treated to a double encore. In short, you most certainly will be left on the edge of your seat through this symphonic wonderland from Nintendo, and the Symphony of the Goddess – Master Quest.